Special Issue "Environmental Decision Analysis for Nanoparticles"

A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2019).

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Francisco Balas
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Instituto de Nanociencia de Aragón (INA), Universidad de Zaragoza, 50018 Zaragoza, Spain
Interests: Nanotechnology; Environmental Science; occupational safety; nanoparticulate aerosols; environmental impact

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, engineered nanoparticles have had a substantial impact on almost all scientific and technological fields. This growth is undoubtedly boosted by the amazing nature of matter at the nanoscale and its potential applications. Increasingly, the presence of nanomaterials in environmental compartments is a reality with interesting short- and long-term consequences. Fortunately, together with the development of nanotechnology, there is a growth in societal concern surrounding its impact in the workplace and on the environment. An array of materials, methodologies and models is being developed for a comprehensive risk assessment of engineered nanoparticles in different scenarios.

In this Special Issue, we are devoted to sketching the current state of the art in decision-making procedures for engineered nanoparticles in the context of the environment. We are looking for manuscripts encompassing multiple aspects of nanotechnology and its impact on diverse ecosystems, as well as exposure assessment and life cycle analysis. Novel scientific findings on the environmental impact of nanoparticles are welcomed, as well as perspectives on the future development of chemical engineering and environmental sciences.

Dr. Francisco Balas
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Nanotechnology
  • environmental science
  • ecosystems
  • occupational safety
  • impact assessment
  • risk analysis

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Morphological Transformation of Silver Nanoparticles from Commercial Products: Modeling from Product Incorporation, Weathering through Use Scenarios, and Leaching into Wastewater
Nanomaterials 2019, 9(9), 1258; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano9091258 - 05 Sep 2019
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There is increasing interest in the environmental fate and effects of engineered nanomaterials due to their ubiquitous use in consumer products. In particular, given the mounting evidence that dramatic transformations can occur to a nanomaterial throughout its product lifecycle, the appropriateness of using [...] Read more.
There is increasing interest in the environmental fate and effects of engineered nanomaterials due to their ubiquitous use in consumer products. In particular, given the mounting evidence that dramatic transformations can occur to a nanomaterial throughout its product lifecycle, the appropriateness of using pristine nanomaterials in environmental testing is being questioned. Using a combination of transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), this work examines the morphological and compositional effects of conditions mimicking a typical lifecycle of a nano-enabled product, from the production of the silver nanoparticle (AgNP)-laden textiles, through its use, laundering, and then finally, its leaching and incubation in the wastewater collection system. These simulated weathering conditions showed evidence for the transformation of AgNPs into AgCl and Ag2S. Incubation in raw wastewater had the most dramatic effect on the AgNPs in terms of transformation, no matter what initial weathering was applied to the NPs prior to incubation. However, despite extensive transformation noted, AgNPs were still present within all the samples after the use scenarios. Full article
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